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1 Myers, Frederic William Henry; et al Prolusiones Academiae paemiis annuis dignaae et in curia Cantabrigiensi recitaae comitiis maximis A.D. M.DCCC.LXI
Cantabrigię [Cambridge] Typis Academicis 1861 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
Chancellor's Medal for English Verse, etc.; 53 pp. pages; Contemporary dark green pebbled cloth, spine lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers. The Cambridge University prize poems for 1861. There is a general title page in Latin, followed by a list of the winners of the various prizes. The Chancellor's Medal for English verse was won by Frederic William Henry Myers, whose poem - "The Prince of Wales at the Tomb of Washington" leads this volume (OCLC: 44165797). Myers [1843-1901] was noted for a facility for heroic couplets. He was, however, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research, which group he served for many years as spokesman. He wrote two volumes of Essays, Classical and Modern (1883) and the volume on Wordsworth in the series "English Men of Letters," as well as a posthumous work called "Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death." In deference to the latter and the possible sensitivity of his shade, I will not comment on his 1861 poem, but a previous owner of this copy did not restrain him or herself, making several pencilled suggestions and corrections, along with a line drawn under quatrain XXVI with the note: "should have stopped here." For the record, Myer's poem has fifty quatrains. Myers does have one lasting contribution to culture as the inventor of the word: "telepathy." As a tribute, this cataloguer is sending out a telepathic message right now. Interested parties may best signal the receipt of this message by ordering this book. Further contents include the Camden Medal Latin poem by Henry Lee-Warner (who would later write a popular "Hints and helps for Latin elegiacs" and return to Rugby School as an assistant master. The Sir William Browne Medals went to Arthur Sidgwick (Greek ode), A. Austen Leigh (Latin ode) [Jane Austen's great-nephew, Augustus Austen-Leigh, was Senior Tutor, Vice-Provost and finally Provost of King's College over the late nineteenth century and just into the twentieth. He presided over the conversion of King's from a small gathering of old Etonians into one of the most forward looking academic communities in Cambridge], and Henry Yates Thompson (Epigram). [Yates Thompson (1838-1928) became the greatest English collector of old manuscripts of his time. He was given ownership of the Pall Mall Gazette by his father in law George Smith. The eventual sale of the paper helped fund his major period of manuscript acquisition, during a long and fortunate career during which substantial manuscript collections of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Firmin Didot, John Ruskin, and many others were disbursed. In Yates Thompson's Greek epigram, he makes reference to the "Champion at Wimbledon A. D. 1860, now a member of this University." Keen historians of lawn tennis should relax, as the reference has to be to the Queen's prize awarded at the first National Rifle Association meetings in the summer of 1860 at Wimbledon Common. There was no lawn tennis championship at Wimbledon until 1877. By the way, the Queen put up a prize of £250 for the rifle competition (won by E. C. R. Ross); In 1877 the All England Croquet Club was renamed the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and that same year saw the first Wimbledon lawn tennis championship. For the Gentleman's Singles competition, twenty-two players paid a guinea to enter the inaugural championship. Spencer Gore won in straight sets after dropping only two sets in his four matches. He won twelve guineas and a silver cup. The concluding works in this voume are the co-winners of the 1861 Porson prize -- C. E. Graves (long a scholar of St. John's) and another St. John's man, Henry Whitehead Ross, for their translations from Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part II, Act II, Scene3. A perfectly preserved volume, bound within a few years. Pencil marks only as mentioned above in F. W. H. Myers' text. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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